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Tulane Monday Morning Rewind

Coming up Tulane gets to enjoy its second open date in three weeks before facing Cincinnati on Friday, Oct. 31 in Yulman Stadium. The Halloween game has been promoted by Green Wave officials for weeks, since it will be on national television in one of the only games in the country played that night. The Bearcats… Continue reading →

Landry-Walker standout Blake Paul commits to Tulane basketball

Advocate file photo by MATTHEW HINTON --  East Jefferson's Blake Paul, right, battles against Salmen's Cody Rudolph for a rebound in January. Paul, who transfered to Landry-Walker for his senior season, commited to play college basketball at Tulane.

Blake Paul said the pieces fit too perfectly to pass on the opportunity Tulane presented him with. So the Landry-Walker power forward made his commitment to coach Ed Conroy and the Green Wave on Saturday night, choosing to stay close to home rather than attend Houston or Louisiana Tech. “Everything just comes… Continue reading →

Tulane’s offense explodes in 20-3 exhibition victory

In its final fall baseball exhibition against outside competition, Tulane turned on the afterburners against UNO on Saturday as the offense exploded for 20 runs on 22 hits, while the pitching staff held UNO to eight hits over 14 innings in the Green Wave’s 20-3 win at Greer Field at Turchin Stadium. Tulane collected nine extra-base… Continue reading →

Tulane offense falls short in 20-13 loss at Central Florida

UCF linebacker Troy Gray (57) stops Tulane quarterback Nick Montana (11) during the second quarter at Bright House Networks Stadium in Orlando, Fla., on Saturday, October 18, 2014. (Joshua C. Cruey\Orlando Sentinel)

ORLANDO, Fla. — Nick Montana avoided what looked like a sure sack, stepped up in the pocket and heaved a deep desperation pass to receiver Leondre James. Defended tightly, James had two chances to make a spectacular, drive-sustaining catch, but he could not come up with the ball before it hit the turf. It… Continue reading →

Central Florida 20, Tulane 13: Three and out

UCF running back William Stanback (28) is knocked out of bounds by Tulane's Parry Nickerson (17) as he runs for yardage  during second quarter action of an NCAA football game against Tulane at Bright house Networks Stadium in Orlando, Fla. on Saturday, October 18, 2014. (Joshua C. Cruey\Orlando Sentinel)

1. WHAT WE LEARNED Tulane needs Tanner Lee back as starting quarterback. Nick Montana was a good game manager against UConn in a 12-3 win at Yulman Stadium last week, but he could not make enough throws downfield to beat UCF. He completed 10 passes in the first half for an average of 4.6 yards and… Continue reading →

Central Florida returns to conference play

Central Florida players from left, Jordan Ozerities (38), William Stanback (28) and Tarik Cook (61) celebrate after defeating Brigham Young 31-24 in overtime in an NCAA college football game in Orlando, Fla., Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

ORLANDO, Fla. — Prior to last week’s matchup with BYU, UCF coach George O’Leary told his team that he thought the game could be a defining moment for the Knights senior class. A come from behind, overtime victory later, the players say they feel like that prediction was more than accurate. “We’ve had a lot of close games, and… Continue reading →

Four downs: Tulane vs. Central Florida

1. QUARTERBACK QUESTIONS For the second consecutive game, Tulane coach Curtis Johnson hasn’t given a clear indication of who will start at quarterback. The shoulder injury suffered by starter Tanner Lee in a 31-6 loss to Rugers on Sept. 27 is still affecting the redshirt freshman, and forced Johnson to turn to Nick Montana in a 12-3 victory over… Continue reading →

Tulane’s Brandon LeBeau playing up to expectations

Advocate staff photo by A.J. SISCO  --  Tulane safety Brandon LeBeau  chases down Connecticut wide receiver Deshon Foxx at Yulman Stadium in New Orleans on Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014.

Safety Brandon LeBeau does not like being reminded about the tackle he failed to make in Tulane’s season opener against Tulsa. If he keeps playing as well as he did against Connecticut last Saturday, he won’t have to worry about it any longer. Six games into his senior year, LeBeau finally had a breakout performance, and the… Continue reading →

Tulane’s lack of size biggest question entering season

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON-- Tulane Green Wave forward Kevin Thomas (20) dunks against Louisiana Tech Bulldogs forward Michale Kyser (1) in a Conference USA NCAA basketball game between the Tulane Green Wave and the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs in Devlin Fieldhouse at Tulane University in New Orleans, La. Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014.

Despite returning 91 percent of its scoring and 85 percent of its rebounding, the Tulane men’s basketball team will enter the season with one huge question. How can the Green Wave, coming off a 17-17 year in Conference USA, handle the big jump to the American Athletic Conference with its lack of proven big men?… Continue reading →

Tulane football midseason report card: Plenty of room for improvement

Tulane players take the field before their game against Rutgers on Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014, in Piscataway, N.J. (AP Photo/Rich Schultz)

Before Tulane kicks off the second half of its football season against Central Florida at 11 a.m. Saturday, The Advocate took the opportunity to hand out some grades to evaluate the performance of the Green Wave (2-4, 1-1 American) through six games. Quarterbacks: C+ Youth and injuries have given this group a bit of leeway. Redshirt… Continue reading →

Tulane running game now a strength

Advocate staff photo by A.J. SISCO  --  Tulane running back Sherman Badie celebrates a touchdown during the second quarter against Southeastern Louisiana on Saturday at Yulman Stadium.

In a month shrouded by uncertainty at quarterback, Tulane has found some comfort by turning to its running game. The Green Wave (2-4, 1-1 American) is averaging 170.3 yards per game, the third-best mark in the American Athletic Conference, turning a longtime weakness into a growing strength thanks to an effective two-back system featuring sophomore Lazedrick Thompson… Continue reading →

Tulane quarterback Nick Montana takes most reps; starter for UCF game uncertain

Advocate file photo by MATTHEW HINTON -- Tulane quarterback Nick Montana warms up during a preseason scrimmage at Tad Gormley Stadium on Aug. 9.

Tulane coach Curtis Johnson stated emphatically Tuesday that redshirt freshman Tanner Lee remained his No. 1 quarterback, not senior Nick Montana. He was much less certain, though, about who would start Saturday at Central Florida. Montana, who played all the way in the Green Wave’s 12-3 win against Connecticut, took most of the snaps with the… Continue reading →

Tulane kicker Andrew DiRocco gains upper leg in race; Trevor Simms could still get a shot

It’s not exactly a kicker-by-committee, but Tulane coach Curtis Johnson said he understands the options at his disposal. Just days after freshman Andrew DiRocco connected on the biggest kick of his career — a 38-yard, fourth-quarter field goal in Tulane’s 12-3 win over Connecticut — Johnson said there’s still some intrigue at the position. It’s just a lot… Continue reading →

Tulane notebook: Special teams give Green Wave boost

Tulane running back Dant Butler (24) picks up a first down as teammate Leondre James (86) blocks Connecticut cornerback Byron Jones (16) during an NCAA college football game in New Orleans, Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014. (AP Photo/The New Orleans Advocate, A.J. Sisco) NO SALES; MAGAZINES OUT; INTERNET OUT; TV OUT; NO FOREIGNS. LOUISIANA BUSINESS INC. OUT (INCLUDING GREATER BATON ROUGE BUSINESS REPORT; 225; 10/12; INREGISTER; LBI CUSTOM); MANDATORY CREDIT

As Tulane coach Curtis Johnson walked away from the postgame interview, he shook the hands of a few players waiting to be interviewed, but gave one a prolonged embrace. It was junior punter Peter Picerelli. “That was awesome tonight,” Johnson told him in a room filled with media. “You did a great job.” It was the kind… Continue reading →

Tulane Monday Morning Rewind

Advocate staff photo by A.J. SISCO  --  Tulane Green Wave safety Darion Monroe (2) creates a fumble by ripping the ball away from Connecticut Huskies running back Arkeel Newsome (22) at Yulman Stadium in New Orleans, Louisiana on Saturday October 11, 2014.

Coming up Tulane travels to Orlando, Florida, to face defending American Athletic Conference champion Central Florida (3-2, 1-0) on Saturday. The Knights are nowhere close to as good as they were last season when they stunned Baylor in the Fiesta Bowl, but they represent a tremendous upgrade on Connecticut, which the Green Wave beat 12-3. UCF… Continue reading →

It’s not a thing of beauty, but it’s a win: Tulane tops UConn 12-3

Advocate staff photo by A.J. SISCO  --  Tulane running back Dante Butler picks up a first down as receiver Leondre James blocks Connecticut cornerback Byron Jones at Yulman Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014.

Ugly doesn’t matter when you’re 1-4. Winning is all that counts. Quarterback Nick Montana led a touchdown drive on Tulane’s opening possession against Connecticut, and a play-making defense that forced three turnovers made the lead hold up as the Green Wave won 12-3 on Saturday night at Yulman Stadium. Tulane (2-4, 1-1 American Athletic Conference) evened… Continue reading →

Tulane returns to 2013 form with win over UConn

Advocate staff photo by A.J. SISCO  -- Tulane running back Sherman Badie picks up big yards as as teammate Trey Scott watches Connecticut linebacker Reuben Frank close in for the tackele at Yulman Stadium in New Orleans on Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014.

It was throwback night at Tulane. Although the flashback only took the Green Wave back to 2013, when seemingly every Tulane win came in the fashion of Saturday’s 12-3 victory over Connecticut. The reappearance of quarterback Nick Montana, the 2013 starter, accompanied a safe offensive game plan that emphasized security as much as playmaking. It put the onus of… Continue reading →

Tulane 12, UConn 3: Three and out

Advocate staff photo by A.J. SISCO  --  Tulane safety Brandon LeBeau  chases down Connecticut wide receiver Deshon Foxx at Yulman Stadium in New Orleans on Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014.

1. WHAT WE LEARNED A year ago, Tulane coach Curtis Johnson gave his team the week off during its open date. Not this time. Johnson and his staff put the players through tough drills — including making them run one day for a messy dressing room and also did a good job of self-study at what… Continue reading →

Tulane welcomes home-field advantage for matchup with UConn

Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ -- Tulane wide receiver Alec Macias (44) yells as his teammates hit the field before the game against Southeastern Louisiana at Yulman Stadium in September.

In the rare role of a favorite, Tulane plans to use home-field advantage to its full effect in a must-win game against Connecticut at Yulman Stadium. The Green Wave, which has been an underdog in 25 of coach Curtis Johnson’s first 29 games against Football Bowl Subdivision opponents, is favored by a field goal… Continue reading →

Lewis: Despite struggles, UConn and Athletic Director Warde Manuel are dedicated to football

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON -- UConn Athletic Director Warde Manuel shows members of the women's basketball team how to dance in second line after they arrived for the Women's Final Four on, Thursday, April 4, 2013.

As much as Connecticut Athletic Director and native New Orleanian Warde Manuel is looking forward to returning to his home town this weekend to experience something that hasn’t been around since he was a child — an on-campus football stadium at Tulane — he’d probably rather be somewhere else. Like maybe Ohio State where Rutgers, the… Continue reading →

Four Downs: Tulane at UConn

Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ-- Tulane Green Wave quarterback Nick Montana (11) warms up on the field as Tulane fans gather to cheer their team on during the opening season game against Georgia Tech in Tulane's new Yulman Stadium  in New Orleans, La. Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014.

1. QUARTERBACK QUANDARY Tulane had two weeks to choose a starting quarterback, but coach Curtis Johnson declined to do so. An injury to incumbent starter Tanner Lee’s throwing shoulder during the Green Wave’s 31-6 loss to Rutgers, forced Johnson to re-open the position battle. Backups Nick Montana and Devin Powell, who led… Continue reading →

Change abounds as Tulane baseball moves through its fall season

Tulane hired baseball coach David Pierce to bring change to a sliding program, and his first significant departure from the past is showing up in fall practice. For the first time, the Green Wave will play against Division I opponents, starting with a trip to Rice on Saturday for a 14-inning scrimmage and following with a… Continue reading →

Tulane coach Curtis Johnson says he’s still holding out hope for quarterback Tanner Lee vs. UConn

Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ -- Tulane quarterback Tanner Lee sits dejectedly on the bench in the closing moments of his team's 38-21 loss to Georgia Tech on Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014.

Tulane coach Curtis Johnson has spent nearly two weeks trying to decide on a starting quarterback. Even after finishing the last true practice of the week, no decision is final. Starter Tanner Lee injured his throwing shoulder during Tulane’s 31-6 loss at Rutgers on Sept. 27 and hasn’t participated in a full practice since, likely leaving the job… Continue reading →